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Dream Jobs
Discussion Starters
Dream Job
Are you passionate about your work?
How important is it to love your work? Some people say its the key to happiness. You spend so much time at
your job that it has to be something youre passionate about. Other people say you have to at least feel
valued in your workplace. Your dream job may still be a hobby, but the work you do must make a difference
to peoples lives. Is it possible to adore your job no matter what you do? Your attitude towards your job can
go a long way. A supportive pest control worker or plumber improves the quality of life of his customers.
Feeling challenged on the job is important. A job that requires very little effort is hard to do for a long time.
This is why some positions have a high turnover. Your night job, may be a stepping stone to your future
career. The people we work with have a lot to do with job satisfaction. You may be passionate about the work,
but hate your boss or co-workers. On the other hand, you may work from home, but miss interaction with
colleagues. The money you earn on the job is also important. Do you earn enough money to meet your basic
needs? Is there a little left over for your savings and recreation account? If you think you deserve more than
you earn, you may be miserable at work. Asking for a raise may be your solution. Some people get stuck in a
rut at work. They dont leave a dead end job because they get too comfortable. Think back to when you were
a small child. What was your answer when people asked what you wanted to be when you grew up? Some
experts say that our childhood dreams are the jobs we are meant to do.
Pre-Reading Vocabulary Task
Match the words on the left with the meanings on the right.
1. passionate
2. valued
3. attitude
4. pest control
5. plumber
6. challenged
7. high turnover
8. stepping stone
9. colleague
10. rut
Pre-Reading Warm Up Questions
1. Who has the best job in the world?
2. Who has the worst job in the world?
3. What is more important in a job, money or happiness?
4. Do you work to live or do you live to work?
a. frequent change in employees
b. having strong emotions
c. how you act or show your feelings towards something
d. appreciated by others
e. a feeling of being stuck in one place
f. a person who fixes pipes and water systems
g. a person who works with you
h. something that leads you to something better
i. a person or company that removes bugs or rodents from a building or space
j. feeling like you need to work hard to achieve something
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Vocabulary Review !
A. Match the examples on the left to the statements on the right.
1. Cam doesnt care if his customers are happy or not.
2. Amanda has been working as a secretary for years and wishes she could quit.
3. The caf has a new hostess every week.
4. Igors job is removing bugs from apartment buildings.
5. Customers always call to tell Yan he is a great painter.
B. Story Time
Work with a partner. Take turns telling your partner about someone you know who loves his or her job. Then talk
about someone you know who dislikes his or her job. Find a new partner. Tell your new partner the two stories you
just heard. Try to use some of the alternative words for like and dislike. If you use one of the words, check it off.
Alternative words for dislike
cant stand
loathe
hate
doesnt care for
despise
Comprehension Questions !
1. What does a person need to have in order to enjoy his or her job?
2. Why does the reading mention a plumber?
3. According to the reading, what may be a stepping stone to a future career?
4. What do some self-employed workers miss?
5. What advice is offered at the end of the reading?
He feels valued.
Discussion Questions
1. What was your dream job as a child? How does it compare to your ideal job today?
2. What can people do to improve their attitude at work?
3. Think about all of your friends and loved ones. Who currently holds their dream job? (Think back to part B.) How did
this person achieve his or her dream? If you dont know the answer, send your friend or loved one an email and bring
the answer to class.
4. What is your #1 passion in life? Could you turn this into a job? If yes, how? If no, why not?
Alternative words for like
adore
passionate about
enjoy
appreciate
love
Dream Jobs
Discussion Starters
She is in a rut.
He works in pest control.
There is a high turnover.
He has a poor attitude.
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ANSWER KEY
Pre-reading Vocabulary Task
1. b 2. d 3. c 4. i 5. f
6. j 7. a 8.h 9. g 10. e
Comprehension Questions
1. In order to enjoy his or her job, a person needs to have a positive attitude about it.
2. The reading mentions a plumber as an example of a job that may seem like something you cannot enjoy. A plumber
feels valued, so it can be a job to enjoy.
3. A night job may be a stepping stone to a future career.
4. Some self-employed workers miss the interaction with colleagues.
5. At the end of the reading the author suggests that readers think back to their childhood. Their dream job as a child
could be what they were meant to do as an adult.

Vocabulary Review
A. Matching.
1. He has a poor attitude.
2. She is in a rut.
3. There is a high turnover.
4. He works in pest control.
5. He feels valued.
Extension
For higher level students, consider showing a TED Talk in class.
Dream Jobs
Discussion Starters